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Jul 18, 2011 5:00pm PDT
cattle straw that had been left outdoors after the march nuclear accidents at the fukushima daiichi plant. the straw was found to contain radioactive cesium at up to 520 times the government's set safety standard. the farms shipped 411 head of cattle to meat processing facilities in five prefectures including tokyo from late march to july. in niigata prefecture, were given to cattle at two farms. the straw was from miyagi prefecture which borders fukushima. one of the farms has shipped 24 head of cattle. yamagata shipped into july. 648 head of cattle have been shipped after being fed contaminated straw. the amount of meat found distributed to markets across the country is expected to rise. >>> the japan government and tokyo electric power company will announce on tuesday a revised plan to bring the reactors at the fukushima daiichi plant under control. the utility began operating a system to decontaminate radioactive water at the end of last month. but the system is working below the target capacity due to leaks and other problems. the decontamination rate dropped to 37 tons of wate
Jul 28, 2011 7:00pm PDT
, fukushima. contain -- at a water treatment facility in fukushima. the ministry says three fourths of it is stored at water treatment plants with no way it dispose of it. it says more than 54,000 tons is yet to be check ford radio activity. the ministry continues to study to how to dispose of the radio active substances. >>> the international atomic energy agency offered to help japan with the results of additional safety tests set for the country's nuclear power plants. director general made the offer in a meeting with japan's minister on thursday. among explaining how stress tests are conducting in europe and whether the tests should be a for restarting plants. and saying that the agency is not in the position to tell japan what to do. he says that government wants it join hands to bring the nuclear crisis under control. >> translator: i told the minister about our plan. i also told him that we're ready to work together to find ways to carry out radiation decontamination. and handle the reactors and spent nuclear fuel rods. >>> time now for a nuclear watch. our weekly segment that brings
Jul 12, 2011 7:00pm PDT
. back to catherine. >> thanks very much ai. >>> the government of fukushima prefecture is going to begin testing all its cattle farms for radioactivity. this comes after radioactive cesium exceeding the government standard was detected in cattle shipped from a farm in minamisoma city. the meat has already been distributed for sale without being tested for radioactive material. >> translator: i need to discuss the issue with related ministries, agencies, and fukushima prefecture to consider testing all cattle from marked off areas of the prefecture. >> since the nuclear disaster, the farm has shipped 17 head of cattle for slaughter, 6 of which were sent to tokyo and tochigi prefectures. from there, the beef was distributed to retailers in more than eight other prefectures. the meat was not tested for radioactive material. fukushima prefecture has now decided to inspect all of the cattle in the evacuation zone around the disabled nuclear power plant, and at least one head of cattle from all other farms within the prefecture. but there are concerns that there is not enough equipment t
Jul 7, 2011 7:00pm PDT
catherine kobayashi. the operator of the fukushima daiichi nuclear power plant will boost its efforts to monitor airborne radioactive substances around nuclear reactor buildings. with further measurements, they hope to find the source and prevent further leakage. it's believed that dust containing radioactive substances and contaminated steam leaking from reactors is still being released into the air. tokyo electric power company has been measuring the levels regularly since mid march. recently, however, detection became difficult. this may have been due to the approximate one-kilometer distance between monitoring posts and the reactor buildings. tepco decided to step up its monitoring and take measurements at additional locations near the number one to number four reactor buildings. the plant operator will also use remote controlled robots to measure the level of radioactivity inside reactor buildings. >>> tepco says it needs to inject nitrogen into one of the reactors at fukushima daiichi to prevent a hydrogen explosion, but the work isn't going well. tepco tried to examine
Jul 5, 2011 7:00pm PDT
. i'm catherine kobayashi. at the fukushima daiichi plant secondses for covers that contain radioactive materials released from the damaged reactors have begun arriving at the site. the covers will be installed at the number one, three and four reactors. buildings housing these reactors sustained severe damage from hydrogen blasts triggered by the march 11th earthquake and tsunami. pillars, beams and other parts are being pre-assembled at a port 50 kilometers away from the plant. the concrete basis of the structure will be delivered wednesday with more sections arriving in mid-july. the operator of the plant, tokyo electric power company says it hopes to complete assembly work by late september using a crane with a 140-meter long arm. reducing radiation released from the reactor buildings is crucial to getting the crisis under control. this month, tepco will estimate the current amount of radiation released from the reactors, the figures will be used as a reference to gauge the effectiveness of the covers when they're installed. >>> japan's science and technology ministry sa
Jul 22, 2011 7:00pm PDT
the crippled fukushima daiichi nuclear power plant. she was forced to evacuate her home in the wake of a crisis. now the only english teacher in the city, she remains there so her students know they're not alone. >> reporter: alice teaches in a elementary school. part of the city has been included in the 20-kilometer evacuation joan. she came to japan 23 years ago and has been teaching english in fukushima prefecture ever since. at the time of the quake and tsunami, allison was teaching in the town where the fukushima daiichi plant is located. but following the nuclear disaster, the region was declared off limits, and its schools were shut down. allison, her husband, and their three children had to evacuate. five out of the six english teachers quit their jobs. >> translator: i felt it would be difficult to continue my work in the neighborhood. >> reporter: since the disaster, 12 schools have had to relocate into space borrowed from other schools. this building currently houses classes for children from four different schools. allison and her family have moved several times between
Jul 5, 2011 7:00am EDT
will ever return home -- fukushima. on the latest leg of their tour of canada, the duke of budgets of cambridge will visit one of the countries most remote and unpopular regions. yellowknife is the capsule of the northwest territories and known for its midnight sun. it remains the same whether they have enough energy to stay up to see it because they have been so busy during this trip. but does get -- let us get the latest from our correspondent. >> they are almost halfway through their canadian tour. heading from the atlantic coast to canada that a far north. staff -- a memorable day for them both. for william it was the day he learned a new skill as a search and rescue pilot -- called a water birding, landing a helicopter on water, a technique that canadians have perfected but is not standard practice 40 raf. kate watched as william made more than a dozen landings from different angles and simulating different conditions. according to those who know about these things, he displayed is significant level of piloting skills. then it was kate's turn, joining william for a dragon votes -
Jul 19, 2011 7:00pm PDT
impact of the fukushima daiichi crisis and "the road ahead" examines japan's efforts to recover and rebuild. don't miss "nuclear watch" and "the road ahead" on "newsline." >>> the japanese government has revised the details of its plan to deal with the accident at the fukushima daiichi nuclear power plant. the decision came at a meeting of the nuclear disaster task force attended by all cabinet ministers on tuesday. the task force concluded that the first stage of the plan, the stable cooling of the crippled reactors, was achieved on schedule in mid-july. it approved a change to the plan that was originally announced in april. the revision includes details of the second stage to be completed by next january and the next targets about three years after that. the second stage involves a sharp cut in radiation levels. under the updated plan, the government will carry out regular health checks on residents in fukushima prefecture for about 30 years. the test will include thyroid cancer checks for children and measuring the internal radiation exposure of residents. the government also sa
Jun 30, 2011 7:00pm PDT
at the fukushima daiichi nuclear plant resumed operation on thursday night after hitting another snag when its water treatment equipment stopped. tokyo electric power company says the decontamination equipment stopped automatically on thursday afternoon when the alarm went off. tepco says the problem turned out to be a malfunction of a french-made device that removes radioactive material from the water. it is looking into the cause of the malfunction. tepco says it has continued injecting circulated water into the reactors as it has already treated about 2,000 tons of water to be used for cooling. meanwhile, contaminated water at the number 6 reactor turbine building is increasing. tepco has been storing the water in makeshift tanks. it began transferring the water on thursday afternoon to a giant steel barge, called a megafloat, which is attacked to a quay on the plant's premises. but the company says it has no final plan to dispose of the water stored on the barge. >>> in the wake of the nuclear accident in japan, germany's lower house of parliament his overwhelmingly agreed to
Jul 18, 2011 7:00pm PDT
more farms that shipped beef from cattle that have been fed cesium-tainted straw. fukushima prefecture says seven farms and six municipalities fed their cattle straw that had been left outdoors after the march nuclear accident at the fukushima daiichi plant. the straw was found to contain radioactive cesium at up to 520 times the government's safety standard. the farm shipped 411 head of cattle to meat processing facilities in 5 prefectures including tokyo from late march to early july. in migata prefecture, radioactive cesium levels as high as 15 times the government standard were detected in straw given to cattle on two farms. one of the farms shipped 24 head of cattle. yamagata prefecture says four farms shipped 70 head of cattle through mid-july. investigators found a total of 648 head of cattle had been shipped after being fed contaminated straw. the amount of contaminated meat found to have been distributed to markets across the country is expected to rise. >>> the japanese government and tokyo electric power company on tuesday will announce a revised plan to bring the
Jul 11, 2011 7:00pm PDT
. >>> the operator of the crippled fukushima daiichi nuclear power plant will twin preparations to inject nitrogen into the number three react over tuesday afternoon. tokyo electric power company says workers have confirmed last friday that the pipes can be connected to the reactor container. tepco plans to inject nitrogen to avoid a hydrogen explosion. the utility has set a target of july 17th to complete the task. nitrogen was injected into the number one reactor in april and the number two reactor in june. >> translator: we are planning to connect the pipe to the container around 1:00 p.m. on tuesday. we want to begin the injection as soon as we get the approval from the safety agency. >> the utility reported its plan to the nuclear and industrial safety agency on monday. it described the safety measures to limit radiation exposure to the workers. tepco also told the agency how the injection will impact the container. >>> tepco says it has detected airborne radioactive materials above the government standard in the number two reactor building. tepco has been investigating inside
Jul 20, 2011 7:00pm PDT
fukushima. 18 of the 54 reactors are currently in operation. >> newsline is the place to turn to for the latest on japan, post march 11th. we have two statements offering two unique perspectives on the fallout from earthquake and tsunami. nauk lar watch brings you insight and information on the fukushima daiichi process. don't miss, nuclear watch and the road ahead, on newsline. >>> what happens to sky scrapers when they're hit by shock waves from a massive earthquake? new data suggests they may be more vulnerable than previously thought. >> the swank is intention. >> sky skriepers y scrapers swak and forth after the earthquake on march 11. experiencing the strongest shaking. experts simulate the intensity of the quake inside high rise buildings. testing what would happen on the top floor after 50-story building. the device they used simulating the world's strongest swaying motion. the roof, swaying from side it side, back and forth a long ways. maximum amplitude is 60 centimeters. the long period ground motion is characteristic, slow with each cycle lasting two second or longer. >> the
Jul 25, 2011 5:00pm PDT
approve a draft report that draws on the lessons of the fukushima daiichi accident. it also says employees should be trained to deal with the aftermath of a terrorist attack on a nuclear facility. the report calls for stricter personnel management at plants. it also says that some workers at fukushima daiichi since the disaster have had insufficient security clearance. one said the accident has taught terrorists how vulnerable society is to radioactive materials. >>> the head of the atomic international agency said plans are going as planned. iaea director traveled to the facility on monday the day after he arrived in japan. this is his first visit to fukushima daiichi since the march 11 earthquake and tsunami triggered the accident there. after visiting the plant, he told reporters he wore protective clothing and toured on a bus while being briefed about damage to reactor buildings and other facilities. he inspected the cooling operation to check on the progress of the stablization plan. he also met with workers. >> translator: it seems steps are being carried out as planned. i
Jul 4, 2011 7:00pm PDT
providing assistance in resolving the problems at the fukushima daiichi nuclear power plant. he met with ariva vice president dominique mockley in paris on monday. he expressed gratitude for providing the technology for decontaminating water at the fukushima plant's reactors. >> translator: we must urgently review the safety standards and implement the best measures to ensure them. >> he suggested that enhancing safety at nuclear power plants is essential to maintaining nuclear power generation in the future. mockley said the nuclear generation in europe is facing opposition since the fukushima accident, but says he believes it's possible to regain the public's trust if the industry becomes more transparent. he added that ariva hopes to exchange views on variouses as t aspects of nuclear energy with japan in the future. members of djapan's nuclear saf tiff administration says they must do more before lifting an evacuation advisory for areas near the fukushima daiichi nuclear plant. during a news conference on monday, they were referring to comments made by the minister in charge of the n
Jul 6, 2011 12:30am PDT
on all of their nuclear plants to try to ease concerns in the wake of the disaster at the fukushima power station. many of the countries nuclear reactors are currently shut down. we are joined in tokyo. when are the stress tests likely to begin? >> we do not know when exactly it will start. the minister for trade has a press conference earlier this morning saying that all of the nuclear reactors will be tested. as you said, there have been many protest against nuclear energy because of radiation fear from the fukushima nuclear power plant. it seems that the government is keen to convince the public they are safe. they want to conduct tests to make sure that none of them was infected by the earthquake. we still have severe electr icity shortages. they have to cut their electricity usage by 15%. half of the companies are confident that they can achieve that goal. whether that would mean it would affect their production level or not is another question, but it seems the government is keen to show the public that nuclear power plants are safe. ar powero, if the nucle plants -- what happ
Jul 4, 2011 5:00pm PDT
for continued cooperation from ariva the largest nuclear reactor maker. at the fukushima daiichi nuclear power plant. >>> met with ariva vice president in paris on monday. he expressed gratitude for mokly for providing the -- at the reactors. >> translator: we must review the safety standards and implement best measures to operate them. >> mockly said the industry in europe is facing problems since the problem. if the industry becomes more transparent. he added that ariva hopes to exchange views on aspects of nuclear energy with japan in the future. >>> a majority of the nuclear plants in japan have been halted since the fukushima power plant accident. but not all are against resuming their operations. a mayor in southwestern japan has approved the resumption of two plants. the gankai plant has been given the go ahead after the march disaster. the mayor of gangki town gave the go ahead. two reactors at the plant have been idle since routine checkups were completed in april. >> i'm convinced that the safety sof the genkai plant has been secured. >> translator: we'll continue to do
Jul 19, 2011 5:30pm EDT
from the area around the fukushima nuclear plant for fears of radiation. >> japanese beef is prized for its quality. now there is concern about contamination. animals from some farms around the nuclear plant had been fed strong containing radioactive material. it was discovered when the beasts were examined in a laboratory and now the government has banned shipments from fukushima prefecture. for >> i have given orders to the governor of fukushima to stop the shipment of all cattle to the meek treatment center. >> the meat from hundreds of animals had already been sent to shops nationwide. it might have voted been eaten. >> i am worried because i have children. there is a continuing problem with beef. >> we have been told that it is ok as long as we don't continue to eat meat. i am trying not to think about it. >> this is the latest scare about contamination. already, it has been found in green tea. even the tap water here in tokyo. in the air, radiation can be carried very far. once it gets into the food chain, it can travel all around the country. >> four months after the fukushim
Jul 6, 2011 7:00pm PDT
news. the operator of the troubled fukushima daiichi nuclear plant says a new cooling system is now working well following a string of problems. tokyo electric power company says it will accelerate the cooling of the plant's reactors in august, a vital step to bringing them under control. tepco says the cooling system has been working almost as planned since the start of this month. the system, which recycles decontaminated radioactive waste water, had struggled to get up and running since its launch in late june. the utility says that with radioactive water still leaking from three reactors it had to limit the amount of waste water used in the system. the leaks mean that the level of toxic water already accumulated is not falling. the utility says if the water decontaminator keeps working properly the water level will drop to more than one meter below the risk of overflowing by next month. that in turn would allow it to increase the amount of water used to cool the reactors. but tepco says it's still concerned about the extent of damage to the reactor containment vessels, injecting
Jul 25, 2011 5:00am EDT
attempting to sexually assault her. >> 4 1/2 months after the fukushima power station was crippled by the earthquake and tsunami, workers are still trying to cool the reactors. the government is now allowing local people to make a brief visit home. our correspondent, roland buerk, traveled along with one group. >> not long ago, no one here could have imagined they'd need a radiation suit just to go home. but these are people who live near the fukushima nuclear plant. they're being allowed back for just a few hours to see the places they left behind. >> so this is our destination. the fukushima nuclear power plant is only about three or four kilometers from here. you can't see the radiation, but it is all around us. >> the people have come to remember their dead. loved ones lost in the tsunami, those still missing, only the buddhist priest left his face uncovered. for him, fate was protection enough. a angry about what happened to your town? >> yes, lots of thoughts running through my mind. but we have to reveal this in the future and get back to how things were before or even better.
Jul 28, 2011 3:00am EDT
northeast japan was engulfed by a tsunami that caused meltdowns at the fukushima daiichi nuclear power plant. all across the fukushima region, people's lives will never be the same. well, we're headed towards the village of iitate, which lies somewhere between the city of fukushima and the nuclear power plant. i've been told that radiation levels are somewhat higher today in fukushima. so i rented a geiger counter in boston before leaving on this trip, because they're very hard to come by in japan, right now, for obvious reasons. as the nuclear crisis spiraled out of control, towns surrounding the plant were evacuated. as we approach iitate, the numbers are shooting up now, which is not good for human health. 470. 523. whoa, this is elevated. iitate lies 25 miles northwest of the plant, and it's as close as i'm prepared to go on this trip. it was a farming town before the disaster. but with high radiation levels, tokyo ordered a mandatory evacuation, something that was unthinkable for the mayor, norio kanno. >> werman: the mayor isn't alone. many others told me japanese people have to questi
Jul 27, 2011 7:00pm PDT
very much, ai. >>> the operator of the damaged fukushima daiichi nuclear power plant it's withdrawing to technology to turkey. turkey plans to build four reactors on the coast. toshiba is seeking construction rights. tokyo electric power company had earlier planned to provide technical help on the project but now says it will focus on compensating victims of the fukushima nuclear accident including those forced to evacuate. a consortium including the japanese government and tepco appears likely to receive a order to build nuclear reactors in vietnam. senior tepco official juichi matsumoto told reporters it will continue to play a national part in exporting a nuclear power plant to vietnam. >>> japan's meteorological agency is putting lessons it learned from the nuclear disaster into place. it planned an announcement to improve the warning system. it said a wave as high as six meters could slam into the pacific coast, sometime later the agency increased expected height of the tsunami to more than ten meters. but a power blackout prevented most people along the northeastern coast from h
Jul 1, 2011 7:00pm PDT
. >>> the operate over the troubled fukushima daiichi power plant says it will revise manuals for the cooling system. as we've been reporting all week, the operation has repeatedly been suspended because of a number of human errors. tepco started the device which decon t. in the latest case, for instance, frenchmade device in the unit stopped automatically on thursday, but operations resumed five hours later. tepco said on friday that the stoppage may have been caused by flawed programming of water levels for a tank attached to the device. as a result of several snags the water recycling system was operating at 55% capacity as of tuesday. >> translator: we're using newly made and newly installed devices. it's understandable there are problems. >> the operation is considered vital tory dugs the amount of radioactive water that's building up in the plant's compound. the water recycling apprentice has been installed by combined several technologies. >>> eastern japan now in the grips of the heat of summer is facing an energy crisis. the accident at the fukushima daiichi power plant led t
Jul 19, 2011 6:00pm EDT
the fukushima nuclear plant due to fears of radiation. >> japanese beef is prized for its quality and now there is concern about contamination. animals from some farms have been fed straw containing radioactive cesium. now the government has banned shipments from fukushima prefecture. >> i have given orders to stop the shipment of all cattle to the treatment center. >> the meet has already been sent to shops nationwide and might have already been eaten. >> i am worried because i have children. i think that there is a continuing problem with beef. >> we have been told that it is ok as long as we don't continue to eat meat. >> this is the latest scare of contamination. already it has been found in green tea. even the tap water in tokyo. radiation cannot be carried very far from the crippled nuclear plant. once it gets into the food chain, it can travel all around the country. four months after the fukushima plant was shattered by explosions and a meltdown, it is still leaking radiation. the government announced some success in the operation to get the crisis under control. they have set
Jul 6, 2011 6:00pm PDT
following the disaster at fukushima. some scientists are urging the government to consider an overlooked resource, the hot springs generated by the fault lines under the country. as part of our power overseas, asia, we visited a power station in hamowka. >> everything has a cartoon mascot in japan. even what campaigners have called the most dangerous nuclear power station in the world. the explanation of now nuclear reactors work. but has less to say about what's right underneath the plant. >> fault lines. where experts say a major earthquake could strike any day. manaro ito has lived all his life nearby and was pleased when the government called for the power station to be shut down until its defenses are strengthened but dreads the day it's switched back on. >> after what happened at the fukushima, i don't think people here feel safe about having a nuclear plant around. i hope they will close it permanently. and bury it in concrete. it should become a monument to human stupidity to build something like that. >> but japan, the disaster has triggered -- before the plan was to keep on bui
Jul 8, 2011 7:00pm PDT
fukushima daiichi plant is working to allow the injection of nitrogen to prevent an explosion. workers spent ten minutes in the building on friday to determine whether pipes can be connected to the containment vessel. the utility says workers confirmed the connections are intact and that work can start saturday. this is the pillar of the plan to bring the facility under control. but the work to insert the pipes has already been delayeded and the nuclear and industrial safety agency must spend several days doing safety checks before the nitrogen injection can begin. it e are mains uncertain whether it can be carried out by july 17th as scheduleded. >>> prime minister naoto hkan abruptly decided to conduct additional safety checks on all reactors in japan. kan told a cabinet meeting on friday he was late in giving instructions on the so-called stress tests and feels responsible. the additional screening is designed to find out how well nuclear facilities can with stand earthquakes and tsunami. after the meeting the chief cabinet secretary expressed regret over the confusion. >> translato
Jul 17, 2011 9:00am EDT
, it is hard to build without demand. >> what has been the most important effect of fukushima? >> there are some lessons learned that will help us do things better. i think we are much better prepared for dealing with issues. >> as industrial accidents go, and this was unbelievable what happened -- 9 on the richter scale, and that is geometrics, so the size of the earthquake followed by the enormous wave of the tsunami is a once-in-history type of accident, get the plants survive remarkably well. it was the person feels that lot -- washed away. >> i think we will find that there were some differences in the operation. one of the tragic things were there are probably some 30,000 people dead. >> it does nothing to do with the new clear. -- new clear. we do not talk have nearly enough about the human tragedy turned you are an engineer by training and -- by -- tragedy. you are an engineer by trade. >> i may civil engineer could >> that does not mean you are polite. [laughter] >> what i was young i went to a technical high school because i wanted to build things like bridges and roads. >> i
Jul 7, 2011 12:30am PDT
fukushima. scientists are urging the government to look at the hot springs on the their country. burke visited a power generating station. and every thing has a cartoon mascot in japan, even the most dangerous nuclear power station in the world. at this and visitors center, they explain how nuclear reactors work. but he has less to say about what is under the plant. fault lines, where experts say a major earthquake could strike in the day. this person has lived by all his life. he was pleased when the talk about shutting down the power station, until its defenses are strengthened, but he dreads the day. >> after what happened at fukushima, i don't think people here feel sick about having a nuclear plant around. -- i don't think people feel safe about having a nuclear plant around. it should become a monument to human stupidity to build something like that. >> for japan, the disaster has triggered a major reassessment about its great cities. before, the plan was to keep building more and more reactors. but after explosions and meltdowns, the japanese have lost faith in nuclear en
Jun 30, 2011 10:00pm EDT
up close. the nuclear catastrophe in fukushima japan. today's headline. the government recommending more evacuations. hard to believe, 113 additional households in four districts in the city of date. that's far beyond the mandatory exclusion zone set up for 20 kilometers around the crippled reactors. these are newly designated hot spots. separately, according to a citizens group and a french ngo, trace amounts of radio isotopes have now been found elsewhere in children as far as 24 miles beyond that mandatory evacuation zone. additionally, this french ngo says it's been long warning that the allowable levels of radiation exposure set up by the government is simply too lax. this is something anderson and i and a lot of outside experts noticed almost from day one. bad news was consistently downplayed and delayed for days, sometimes weeks by the japanese government or the plant operator, tepco. you'll recall on the 11th of march, tsunami waves crippled these cool plants at the fukushima dive chief complex that exposed spent fuel -- two weeks later march 25th, green peace seentivities s
Jul 10, 2011 1:00am PDT
happened essentially 131 miles to the east of sendai which is right where the fukushima plant is, of course. they are going to take all precautions necessary. they are expecting as far as a tsunami, if it does occur, anywhere within a few minutes here. and we're estimating just about three feet. so again, this is not going to be a significant situation. >> we've these tsunami advisories that have been essentially put on because these can generate a tsunami. and that's why they are taking all precautions necessary right now. so what happens is, the alarms go off on the coast. obviously, there is going to be a lot of folks that their nerves will be rattled, one, because they just went through an earthquake. you have to remember a 7.0 offshore is going to be felt in these buildings. we are getting reports that folks in the buildings have been feeling the earthquake. the buildings have been shaking around and it is a strong earthquake. then there's the fear when you hear the tsunami warnings of that will impending tidal wave coming in. this is not a 9.0, not what happened with the fu
Jul 5, 2011 12:30am PDT
. the tsunami reached as far south as fukushima and they're even in places that were not affected, people are facing another danger, radiation. the homes and in the area was sealed off. the only vehicles allowed then are carrying emergency workers. after explosions and meltdowns, this is not under control. the plan is to stabilize them. even towns outside of the exclusion zone have been blighted by the disaster. many people have chosen to leave. this family has been living in a hotel room since the middle of march. it is a six hour drive and all the pot with them is what they could carry on their back. the children are fitting in at the local school. their mother or set the power company and this is destroying their old life. >> i was born here. when i think about what is best for my children, i cannot go back. >> just down the road is another family who fled the nuclear crisis. as 70 years old, this person has been forced to start again after losing everything. he has already opened a new noodle restaurant to replace the one that had been lost. >> what has happened has happened.
Jun 30, 2011 6:00pm PDT
decided to extend their run times for the plants but the catastrophe in fukushima changed everything. they decided to reverse their previous decision. as our report shows, it is more complicated than looking a switch. -- flicking a switch. >> this is one of 8 facilities at the germans decided to shut down last march. with the new law in force, they will be decommissioned. starting in 2015, germany's remaining nuclear reactors will be taken offline, one by one, every two years. the dommissioning of three power plants is planned for 2021. the remaining three will be switched off a year later. critics say there is a risk of power shortages, one be mothballed for the next two years just in case. instead of generating power by splitting atoms, the new energy mix means relying on sources like wind, sun, biogas, and geothermal energy. the share of these types of energy called when the nobles is to double to 35% by 2020. berlin expects wind energy to have the largest share and a new mimixed. they are subsidizing onshore wind farms to the tune of 35 billion euros. there will be operated by la
Jul 14, 2011 7:00pm PDT
crippled fukushima plant is attempting to bring it under control by the number three containment vessel, but a long road is aheadue to the wastewater system. the tokyo electric power company started the injection on thursday evening to prevent a hydrogen explosion. they began at the number one and two reactors, but the work at number three was delayed due to high radiation levels. adding to concerns is the french-made device to recycle radioactive wastewater. it continues to work below capacity. the cooling system is meant to decontaminate wastewater and send it back into the reactors as coolant. the utility plans to turn it back to a utility in august. >> the no entry zone around the meant won't be allowed home until there is a planned shut down. they made the announcement at a committee meading on thursday. >>> i know that evacuees from the no entry zone are eager to return home. it is a sensitive issue, but the appropriate time would be after the completion of a cold shut down at the reactors . >> the plant's operator plans to complete the sut down by this year or beginning of
Jul 14, 2011 6:00pm PDT
around the team, trying to avoid relegation. in march of this year, the nuclear disaster in fukushima sent shockwaves through the government's nuclear policy, a game-changing challenge for the chancellor. >> as much as i committed myself last fall to extending the life span of german nuclear plants as part of our comprehensive energy policy, i have to say clearly to this house today that fukushima has changed my view on nuclear power. >> a tactical change. some cried foul. >> what do you think of the government's nuclear policy? >> first exit, then extent? it definitely deserves a red card. >> there were jews from the stands as the chancellor and her center forward -- there were dears -- were jeers from the stands as the chancellor and her center forward presented a plan for renewable energy. >> it is this coalition moving ahead with this. at the moment, just 19% of our energy needs are covered by renewable. it is this coalition that organized the consensus we have now reached. >> players on the opposing team respecting feathers. after all, the government was suddenly pursuing policie
Jul 26, 2011 7:00pm PDT
operator of the fukushima daiichi nuclear power plant has begun looking for new ways to reduce the amount of contaminated water hampering efforts to stabilize the damaged reactors. they sent a remote controlled robot into the number three reactor building on tuesday to take photos of the piping and measure radiation levels. tepco decided to use the robot to find methods of cooling the nuclear fuel in the number three reactor with less water. the utility injects about 390 tons of water into the three damaged reactors every day, but most of it becomes contaminated with radioactive tfls. tepco says the temperature of the number three react sor relatively stable but it needs more water than the others because of leaks and other problems. reducing the volume of contaminated water is the key to putting the reactors under control, but a system for treating radioactive water has been hit by a series of troubles. tepco hopes to eventually send workers into the buildings to find a way to pour water directly on to the fuel rods. >>> self-defense force units operating in the northeastern prefe
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